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Day Sixteen: Take action online - watch and share Lisa's story

Posted on December 10, 2014

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One in Five women in Ireland experiences domestic abuse. It can happen to any woman, in any home and at any stage of her life.

As part of our annual ‘One in Five Women’ National Balloon Action during the International 16 Days of Action Women’s Aid has produced a video to give a snapshot of what this looks like, in one incident of emotional abuse for one woman. The video tells the story of Lisa who is suffering abuse from her partner, yet it has a positive message. And you can be part of it.

This video is a way you can support and show solidarity online with women experiencing domestic abuse.

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Remembering Stolen Lives - 78 Women and 10 Children

Posted on December 10, 2014

Remembering Stolen Lives

Today is Day 16 of the 16 Days of Action and UN Human Rights Day. There is no greater violation of a woman’s human rights than the right to life itself.

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Day Fifteen: Over 130 Irish organisations support the 16 Days of Action

Posted on December 09, 2014

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On Tuesday 25th November 2014 Women’s Aid led a nationwide campaign in solidarity with the one in five women in Ireland who experience domestic abuse. The events marked the International Day Opposing Violence against Women and the start of the One in Five Women campaign. Over 130 organisations are taking part in Ireland to stand with abused women and children and in support of the all of the local organisations who work to support those affected by domestic abuse.

At the launch of the campaign, Women’s Aid highlighted the fact that one in every five women living in Ireland today experience abuse by their current or former boyfriends, husbands and partners.  Margaret Martin, Director of Women’s Aid said,

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Remembering Stolen Lives - Joan

Posted on December 08, 2014

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Joan Vickers was 43 years old when she was murdered in April 2009.  She had been stabbed several times in the bedroom of her home in the East Wall area of Dublin.  Gardái were alerted to the incident when two men walked into Raheny Garda Station at about 6am on the morning of 20th April.  An ambulance was called and went to the victim’s home on Shemalier Road.  Joan was still alive when the ambulance crew reached her but efforts to save her failed and she was pronounced dead at about 6.45am.  Joan was a mother of four and grandmother.  Three of Joan’s children lived at the family home as well as her elderly father. 

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Day Fourteen: National Helpline Text Service for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Women

Posted on December 08, 2014

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For deaf or hard of hearing women experiencing domestic abuse, it can be even more difficult to seek support or to leave an abusive relationship. At Women’s Aid, we are committed to seeking solutions to overcome additional barriers to a deaf woman's escape. This year, Women’s Aid launched Irish Sign Language videos; these are an important step in ensuring that deaf or hard of hearing women have the same access to support as all women in situations of intimate partner violence.

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Day Thirteen: offering support in 170 languages

Posted on December 07, 2014

Day 13

The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline is accessible to women in 170 different languages. The telephone interpretation service allows women with limited or no English experiencing domestic violence to access free, confidential telephone support.

The telephone interpretation service allows women who are often extremely isolated due to language barriers to access support.

It is provided by an accredited and professional interpreter service located outside the country, ensuring the confidentiality and anonymity of the service. The service is available throughout the normal opening hours of the helpline 10am-10pm, 7 days a week.

An example of the lifeline that the interpretation service provides comes from an early user of the service:

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Day Twelve: 17,254 calls answered by the National Freephone Helpine

Posted on December 06, 2014

Day 12

In 2013, the Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline answered 17,254 calls from women, family, friends, and professionals seeking support for experiences of domestic abuse. During these calls, 17,855 disclosures of abuse were made.

"I do not think I would have got through the past two years without the support from Women’s Aid and I know I it will get me through the difficult times still ahead.” - Louise

The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline is a service for women experiencing emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse by a current or former husband, partner or boyfriend. We are also available for family, friends and professionals concerned about women living with domestic violence.

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Remembering Stolen Lives - Amanda

Posted on December 05, 2014

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Amanda Jenkins was 27 when she was murdered in October 2007.  She was found dead at her home in the St James’ Street area of Dublin on Sunday 7th October.  She had been strangled.  Amanda was originally from Co. Meath but had been living in the area with a local man for over a year.  She worked locally in the fruit and vegetable shop and was said to be a popular member of staff. 

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Take action online: watch and share Lisa's story

Posted on December 05, 2014

Women's Aid OneinFiveWomen campaign video

One in Five women in Ireland experiences domestic abuse.  It can happen to any woman, in any home and at any stage of her life. 

As part of our annual ‘One in Five Women’ National Balloon Action during the International 16 Days of Action Women’s Aid has produced a video to give a snapshot of what this looks like, in one incident of emotional abuse for one woman. The video tells the story of Lisa who is suffering abuse from her partner, yet it has a positive message.  And you can be part of it.   

This video is a way you can support and show solidarity online with women experiencing domestic abuse. 

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Day Eleven: Abuse increases health risks

Posted on December 05, 2014

Day 11

Women who have experienced domestic violence are at an increased risk of depression and suicide attempts; physical injuries; psychosomatic disorders; unwanted pregnancies; HIV and other STD's; being killed by a partner. (World Health Organisation, World Report on Violence and Health, 2002)

The effects of violence on a woman's health are severe. In addition to the immediate injuries from physical assault, women may suffer from chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders, psychosomatic symptoms, and eating problems.

Emotional abuse can also have devastating health impacts. Domestic violence is associated with mental health problems such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression. Some studies indicate that women experiencing abuse are at heightened risk for suicide.

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